posted on Oct, 21 2011 @ 08:33 PM
Like the majority of my father's immigrant clients and friends, I also became a Republican as soon as I started making money running my own
My father, a survivor of the Great Depression, held fast to his FDR Democratic principles. He felt his friends were selfish, short-sighted and had
been corrupted by the wealth. He felt they had turned their backs on the party and principles that had lifted them out of the poverty they had left
behind in the Mediteranean islands.
At the time, I resented my father for the empathy I perceived as weakness. I thought him to be a sucker, a softy, nearly a sap. I argued for
I had fallen for the Reagan Republican propaganda. "Cutting taxes on the rich will have a trickle down effect. Every dollar saved will be no
different than found money, like a lottery ticket. The rich will use the money to buy goods and services they otherwise would not have purchased. It
will stimulate the economy."
I also believed that regulations stiffled the economy. They were barriers put in place by jealous bureaucrats and the EPA was the result of snobbish
"Do Gooders" who would place the needs of a pigmy sperm whale or an owl before the needs of hardworking Americans.
Today I wish I could tell my father how I had let my greed, personal wants, immaturity and character defects help me rationalize belief in the
propaganda. I can understand his position.
He grew up in a Pennsylvania mining town where the environment was so choked with pollution, the sun was
blotted out from the sky and the river was devoid of life. The environment that is shared by all citizens, was in effect owned by the steel companies.
Everything has become crystal clear to me in the last few months. It could not be more obvious that monied interests control virtually every facet of
public life. They own politicians. They control mass media and have infiltrated every segment from advertisements to websites to radio and print. They
control marketing, think tanks research and university grants and research. They control much of the agriculture and have a lock on pharmaceuticals.
they control the educational system and indoctrination of our children. The armed forces have become one of the most profitable industries of all and
it is through that power they project themselves all over the globe.
All of this has been slowly abdicated over to them by distractions, indifference and the fact that both parents must work to survive.
Two things must happen to put an end to the madness.
1.We must let them understand through peaceful means there are simply way more of us than them and we are aware.
2. We must collectively agree on the relative value of every job.
By that I mean, deciding for instance the value of a banker relative to a engineer, an executive secretary relative to a carpenter and so on. Part of
the value was determined by a fair tax code and other liabilities ascribed to corporations. Part of the value had been determined by minimum wages and
All of it must be mediated by elected officials who truly serve the interests of the 99%. How we get fromhere to there, I'm not sure but OWS is a
I would love to see what would happen if there were 10,000,000 peaceful protesters surrounding Capitol Hill blocking all roads and access to the House
and Senate. Those greasy pols and their $5,000 toupees must be made aware just how small and impotent they truly are when surrounded by the millions
of citizens they have sworn to protect yet continue to screw on a daily basis with no more a thought than the flush of the toilet after their daily